Hon. Kiremi Mwiria, one of the committee members stood to clarify the statement saying that this percentage was definitely spread across all walks of life including the parliament. The members booed even louder. It was like watching a jittery school parade just before angry students went on rampage. They wanted clarifications.
Suspension from the House as Side Show continues
Others even wanted her to name the members of parliament that the report had mentioned. The speaker then reminded Hon. Millie that she had been asked severally to withdraw the statement and apologize but that she had failed to do so. This statement, he said, cast aspersions on the integrity of members of parliament. He then went ahead and suspended her from the house for the next two sittings amidst shouts that it should have been for one year.
However the speaker went on to say that the punishment was right for disorderly conduct which also included but not limited to making disparaging remarks about members of the house. Even before the members could rise with more points of orders, Hon Millie was already taking her bow and exiting the house unapologetically. As the Member of Parliament walked out another was heard saying, “ hii mwanamke hii (this woman). These are lesbians in the house.” I don’t think he knew his microphone was on because suddenly there was a momentary loss of sound from the feed. Shortly after, the speaker then requested that the obnoxious part, meaning some members of parliament being gay or lesbians, be expunged from the records.
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After that members of parliament went on discussing the issue but what was amusing was when one of them could not even bring himself to say the word gay. He wondered why the committee members even had the guts to ask a family man that kind of question. To which the said committee member defended herself saying that she knew Dr Mutunga was not gay but that she wanted to give him a chance to defend himself. Clearly, a raw nerve has been touched.
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When all had been said and done, the rider on the Mr Keriako’s nomination was expunged and the report amended, approved and adapted by the house.